A Perfect Memory

Hypermnesia is the condition—usually associated with a variety of mental illnesses—of having unusually exact, vivid memories. Spiegel interviews Jill Price, 42, a Californian woman with hypermnesic super-memory.

In addition to good memories, every angry word, every mistake, every disappointment, every shock and every moment of pain goes unforgotten. Time heals no wounds for Price. “I don’t look back at the past with any distance. It’s more like experiencing everything over and over again, and those memories trigger exactly the same emotions in me. It’s like an endless, chaotic film that can completely overpower me. And there’s no stop button.”

Aside from the ridiculous ‘infinite loop’ statement, the article is a fascinating look at what most people would assume is an asset: a perfect memory.

via Mind Hacks